At our July 2016 meeting Professor Michael Smart spoke on
Reusable Launch of Small Satellites using Scramjets
The presentation described the rapidly changing satellite launch sector, and how Australia could become a part of it. Due to the rapid development of micro-scale, low power electronics, many satellites now weigh just hundreds of kilograms. Numerous companies are entering this small satellite launch market using fully expendable rocket-based systems. As an alternative, a substantially reusable system will decrease costs if the technology is right and minimal refurbishment is needed between each flight. The SPARTAN rocket-scramjet-rocket reusable launch system has been developed at University of Queensland in response to this opportunity.
Professor Michael Smart is the Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion at University of Queensland (UQ).